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Berkeley Law Alumni Association Elects New President, Board Members
 
We are delighted to announce some exciting news from the Berkeley Law Alumni Association (BLAA). Karen Boyd '96 will serve as the new president of the alumni association board for the 2018-2020 term. There are nine new directors joining the board, each serving a three-year term (2018-2021):
Michael Charlson '85
Bill Friedman '11
David Larwood '86
Gloria Lee '04
Jose Luis Lopez '09
Tam Ma '11
Nicole Ozer '03
Spencer Pahlke '07
Smita Rajmohan '14
I am truly honored to have been the alumni board president the last 2 years. We started from a difficult spot with the school in crisis. But your staunch support in rallying around the law school and the terrific leadership of my predecessor Nancy Fineman '86 sent a strong message to the school, the faculty and the students that we care deeply. We built on that and the accomplishments that I’m most proud of are: (i) the successful recruitment of Dean Chemerinsky, (ii) formation of the Fundraising, Newly Admitted Student Outreach, Mentorship and Communications subcommittees of the board, aligning with the dean’s vision for where the board can add the most value, (iii) fostering a closer working partnership with the dean and the school administration, (iv) renewing the governance of the board and (v) helping to rejuvenate enthusiasm amongst board members and alumni about how each of us can help the law school. 

As you may know, the law school re-entered the top 10 again this year and is significantly improving our alumni giving participation (though we still have work to do to catch up to our peers like NYU, Virginia, Stanford, Columbia and Northwestern).
 
I am so excited to have Karen as the new president and to be helping her continue our great progress. Our school is at the leading edge and helping to transform the legal landscape, and our alumni board is a key part of this transformative work. Thank you all for your support and commitment to Berkeley Law. I look forward to continuing to work with you all in support of the school and making it a top 5 law school and to seeing you at Reunion!
 
Thank you,
 
John Kuo '88
A recent conference on the #MeToo Movement, organized by the law school’s  Executive Education Program , brought together managers, lawyers, scholars, and human resources professionals from around the world to discuss just how far-reaching—and layered—the issue has become.
Summer Reading Recommendations from Berkeley Law
It's that rare time of year when we have some brain space for pleasure reading! Check out these recommendations from the BCLB faculty and Law Library staff.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
JULY 10: LL.M. Alumni/Student Panel & Reception — Come share your insight and experience with current LL.M. students at this networking event at the law school.

SEPT 14 & 15: Memorial and Symposium for David Caron '83 — Please save the date for two events to commemorate the life and work of David Caron, C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law (Emeritus), to be held at Berkeley Law. Details coming soon.
Registration is now open for ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND – October 5-6, 2018!

Register by August 1 to take advantage of the Early Bear Discount! Visit law.berkeley.edu/reunion2018 for program information and registration.
// in brief


Joyce Wallach '88 joined Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP as Of Counsel in the firm’s Ventura, California office




Margaret Wu '96 was promoted to Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Capital Strategies, at the University of California Office of the General Counsel




Rafael Mandelman '00 wants to take action on homeless problem , The San Francisco Chronicle

Sarah-Jane Morin '09 was named partner at Morgan Lewis in San Francisco


Shane Young '16 and Laure Iris Mattes '15 joined Outten & Golden LLP's employment law practice in New York and San Francisco, respectively
SPOTLIGHT
Twenty-eight of the San Francisco Business Journal 's " Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business " are Cal alums, including two Berkeley Law grads, Deborah Briones '99 and Melinda Haag '87 .
John Kuo '88 (Varian Medical Systems) and David Zapolsky '88 (Amazon) were among the finest general counsels in the nation at The Burton Awards, held in March at the Library of Congress.
BOOKSHELF
by Bill Petrocelli '63
Although Gina Perini thrives in her new life as a bookshop manager, her harrowing escape from the war in the Balkans years earlier remains fresh in her mind. There are those still searching for her and intent on vengeance. Gina suddenly gets news that someone from her past is still alive—someone she had given up hope of finding. This sets in motion a chain of events that will take her from San Francisco to Indianapolis, and push her love and resourcefulness to the limit.
// beyond
Professor Rob Merges, an international expert in intellectual property law, recently visited China, where he met with alumni in Beijing and Shanghai and delivered talks on Sino-US Technology and IP Policy - Basic Principles for a Fair and Productive Future. Special thanks to Binxin Li LL.M. '14 and Gabriella Liu LL.M. '11 for hosting.
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